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Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:07 pm

Any ideas how I can move 8 cows 1 mile down the road in 4' to 5' of water? Afraid to push them in deep water because they haven't eaten much, losing condition, and been standing in water for 6 days. Can we some how tow them w a boat? Or is the only way to swim them? Wondering if there is any brilliant ideas out there.
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Postby Supa Dexta » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:12 pm

How much water are they currently standing in
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Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:31 pm

Less than a foot on a levy. They don't have much ground at that height. And doesn't seem like water is draining.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:50 pm

SteppedInIt wrote:Less than a foot on a levy. They don't have much ground at that height. And doesn't seem like water is draining.


I moved a lot of cows across water in the Armand Bayou country on the old West Ranch. Never for the distances you mentioned. Thought that scares me a cow can get stupid quick.
I think I would haul square bales to
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Postby MtnCows93 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:05 pm

have you got a big enough tractor to drive through the water? if so you could hook your stock trailer to it and pull them out but id tie them in to keep them standing up in the trailer, just a thought
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:12 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
SteppedInIt wrote:Less than a foot on a levy. They don't have much ground at that height. And doesn't seem like water is draining.


I moved a lot of cows across water in the Armand Bayou country on the old West Ranch. Never for the distances you mentioned. Thought that scares me a cow can get stupid quick.
I think I would haul square bales to
them.

This seems to be to consensus. Trying to line up a boat to get square bales out there tomorrow.
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:13 pm

MtnCows93 wrote:have you got a big enough tractor to drive through the water? if so you could hook your stock trailer to it and pull them out but id tie them in to keep them standing up in the trailer, just a thought

We don't have tractors near big enough to go that deep here.
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Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:14 pm

Staying in that water can't be good.
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Postby callmefence » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:26 pm

My first thought was filling a jon boat with hay and cubes and dragging it in there and leaving it. I'd take cubes to em every day. If the water doesn't start going down take the cubes to the boat and try to lead em out.
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Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:34 pm

callmefence wrote:My first thought was filling a jon boat with hay and cubes and dragging it in there and leaving it. I'd take cubes to em every day. If the water doesn't start going down take the cubes to the boat and try to lead em out.

Yeah this may be all I can do. Just dependent on people w a boat.
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:37 pm

SteppedInIt wrote:Staying in that water can't be good.

I have seen them in muck for months in the Salt grass country have also seen them get in the bay to get relief from the skeeters.
Those cows in the Trinity delta country had web feet
The jon boat is s good idea.
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby bird dog » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:38 pm

Thinking outside the box here. Use an old pontoon boat with a small tiller motor? Float some hay out to them, Maybe a ramp for them to climb on. Panels around the outside. Float two or three out at a time.
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby callmefence » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:39 pm

SteppedInIt wrote:
callmefence wrote:My first thought was filling a jon boat with hay and cubes and dragging it in there and leaving it. I'd take cubes to em every day. If the water doesn't start going down take the cubes to the boat and try to lead em out.

Yeah this may be all I can do. Just dependent on people w a boat.


Man I'll give you a jonboat if can't find one. I'm sure there's enough members between us I bet we could get there pretty easy.
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby ALACOWMAN » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:53 pm

Plastic barrels cut in half,,pieces butted side by side.. Will hold hay and cubes...won't take but a few minutes to throw together..I've cut em with a skill and tie em together...Good luck with them...
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Re: Moving Weak Cattle in Water

Postby SteppedInIt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:55 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
SteppedInIt wrote:Staying in that water can't be good.

I have seen them in muck for months in the Salt grass country have also seen them get in the bay to get relief from the skeeters.
Those cows in the Trinity delta country had web feet
The jon boat is s good idea.

That's good to hear as these may have webbed feet by the time it's over.
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